The coveted corner lot. Not only are these sites oftentimes bigger, they offer homeowners a neat gardening advantage – a high-profile area to create a garden that welcomes passersby to the neighborhood.

Echinacea and canna

Putting taller plants in the back of a street corner planting provides a bit of screening for homeowners.

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Ornamental grasses on corner

The homeowners and passersby get to enjoy the beautiful blooms of this corner planting, while those driving by can enjoy the grasses blowing in the breeze.

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Corner blooming garden

Anyone walking by these cheery blooms can’t help but smile.

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Shade plants on corner

If you’re corner is shady, consider hosta or other shade-lovers to brighten up the spot.

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Now, I live in the city, and more often than not, these urban corners are boring spots with nothing but a sign, grass and tons of weeds. But every so often you’ll find those homeowners who turn their end lots into something special – little corners of beauty that are really a pleasure to stroll by. When I’m out walking or jogging, I’ll often turn up these streets specifically to see what other gardens lay beyond the pretty corners. Most times these spiffed-up street corners mark just the beginning of an avenue studded with gorgeous gardens that set off each home’s beauty.

The nice thing about gardening on a street corner is the small space – it doesn’t take a lot of plants to fill, which is great when you’re gardening on a budget. You just need to decide how you want to plant it.

Some people plant their corner gardens with the shortest plants closest to the street, working to the tallest plants in the back. This gives passersby the most brilliant view, while screening out a little of the traffic for the homeowners. Others plant it the opposite way, keeping the best view of the little garden all to themselves – like a hidden treasure from those driving past. And some homeowners plant out varying heights of blooms throughout, begging people to stroll by and examine the many flowers there.

One of my favorite ideas for corner gardening is to cover up unsightly signposts. I’ve seen clematis and ivy trained to climb up lampposts, as well as tall grasses that hide ugly poles, making it seem as if a stop sign is floating on a breeze.

While these corner gardens really shine in the summertime with a bounty of blooms, it’s easy to bring in seasonal interest. I’ve seen small trees on these corners decorated for the holidays, grasses waving their spiky inflorescences in autumn winds, and glorious bulbs blooming by the dozens to welcome spring with bright, happy spots of color.

So whether you choose to plant a corner sparsely with just a few key specimens of beauty, or you install a bevy of blooming flowers to create a garden that would rival that of a king, one thing for sure is that you’ll get lots of attention for your efforts. Just watch the people pass by and smile at what you’ve created. If that’s not reason enough to garden, I don’t know what is.